After graduating, Hamrick says, "I felt something was missing but wasn`t really sure what it was. I took my name off the waiting list at the University of Minnesota Law School and decided against medical school." He went on to sell real estate until he realized he was at a crossroad in his life.
Hamrick explains, "You only get one crack at life so you might as well do something you love." Thus, in 1981, he moved from painting only on weekends, to a full-time commitment to his art.